Category Archive: Pelecaniformes

Nov 23 2013

Why the Pelican has a big pouch

God and St. Peter were once upon a time walking upon the earth. There came a great swarm of creeping things like rats, snakes, scorpions and other vermin of this kind, as well as beetles, insects, ants and so on. They crowded round them, and with great impudence worried them, nay, even tried to bite …

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May 12 2013

Bird stories, Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)

The Hammerkop Scopus umbretta, if harmed, can wreak vengeance on the perpetrator and his property – the hills around the village could melt, his cattle could be hit by an epidemic, lightning may strike the man or he may die. It also predicts death by lurking in the water and stirring up pictures from the …

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May 04 2013

Bird stories, Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

The Seri, an exclusive tribe inhabiting the desert-like island Tiburon, in the Gulf of California, ascribe the creation of the world, and of themselves in particular, to the Ancient of Pelicans, a mythical fowl of supernal wisdom and melodious song who first raised the earth above the primeval waters. Thus the Seri Indians naturally held …

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May 02 2013

Bird stories, Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

It is said that when they make their nests in the dry deserts, they carry the water to their young in the vast pouches, and that the beasts of prey come there to quench their thirst, sparing the young. Ingersoll, Ernest, 1852-1946. Birds in legend, fable and folklore. New York, London Longmans, Green and co., …

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May 02 2013

Bird stories, American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

The Seri, an exclusive and backward tribe inhabiting the desert-like island Tiburon, in the Gulf of California, ascribe the creation of the world, and of themselves in particular, to the Ancient of Pelicans, a mythical fowl of supernal wisdom and melodious song who first raised the earth above the primeval waters. Ingersoll, Ernest, 1852-1946. Birds …

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Dec 26 2011

Sexual conflict and parental care in magnificent frigatebirds:full compensation by deserted females

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Science Article 2 abstract Parental care is a cooperative venture between a male and a female in many socially monogamous birds. Care is costly, and thus, sexual conflict arises between the parents about how much effort they should invest into rearing their young. The sexual conflict over care is most apparent …

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Dec 26 2011

Morphology and Ornamentation in Male MagnificentFrigatebirds: Variation with Age Classand Mating Status

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Science Article 3 abstract Male magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) ornamentationincludes bright iridescent plumage and a red inflatablegular pouch. These signals are displayed during courtship, alongwith a drumming sound produced through specialized beak clackingsresonating in the gular pouch. The extent of white in theplumage identifies three age classes of nonjuvenile male. Here …

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Dec 26 2011

Morphology and Ornamentation in Male MagnificentFrigatebirds: Variation with Age Classand Mating Status

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Science Article 3 abstract Male magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) ornamentationincludes bright iridescent plumage and a red inflatablegular pouch. These signals are displayed during courtship, alongwith a drumming sound produced through specialized beak clackingsresonating in the gular pouch. The extent of white in theplumage identifies three age classes of nonjuvenile male. Here …

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Dec 26 2011

Sexual conflict and parental care in magnificent frigatebirds:full compensation by deserted females

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Science Article 2 abstract Parental care is a cooperative venture between a male and a female in many socially monogamous birds. Care is costly, and thus, sexual conflict arises between the parents about how much effort they should invest into rearing their young. The sexual conflict over care is most apparent …

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Dec 26 2011

FLIGHT SPEEDS AND WINGBEAT FREQUENCIESOF THE MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Science Article 1 abstract Fregatebirds are well specialized for remaining airborne for long periods of time. Unfortunately relatively little is actually known about their flight capabilities. The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) is primarily a New World species and is seen regularly along the southern coasts of the United States. In the …

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